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Virginia’s Horse Breeding and Racing Industry Produces Over $542 Million Economic Impact Edit

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 12, 2021 – “And they’re off…” When it comes to the horse racing industry in Virginia and the economic impact it is generating, that’s an appropriate metaphor. According to a newly released study, the industry generated an estimated economic impact of $542.1 million in the Commonwealth in 2019.

“What we’re finding… Continue reading

2021 Triple Crown Series Kicks Off With The Kentucky Derby On Saturday May 1

The Kentucky Derby kicks off the Series May 1, followed by the Preakness on May 15 and the Belmont on June 5.

Leading Derby candidate Essential Quality shipped into Churchill Downs on April 5. The Kentucky-bred leads all three-year-old horses in points accumulated from early season… Continue reading

Virginia-Owned Extravagant Kid Wins Grade 1 Al Quoz Stakes In Dubai

The following appeared on Horse Racing Nation March 27 and was written by Ron Flatter. Extravagant Kid is a Kentucky-bred horse owned by Virginia businessman David Ross, who also is President of the Virginia HBPA. Extravagant Kid won the Grade 1, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint Stakes in Dubai March 27 in his 50th career start. His 36th lifetime start was a winning effort in the 2019 Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs. 
  

Winner’s Pictures From the Piedmont Hounds Point-To-Point March 20 In Upperville

Weekend #2 of the spring Point-to-Point season took place at the Salem Course in Upperville March 20 with the Piedmont Fox Hounds Point-to-Point which featured seven races. A total of 42 horses participated. Below are pictures from the festivities courtesy of Douglas Lees, who graciously provides them for our use. A complete list of results and future meet dates can be found at centralentryoffice.com.

Paddy’s Crown captured the Maiden Flat with rider Chloe Hannum up top. The winner is trained… Continue reading

Virginia Raised Sadler’s Joy Set To Compete In Grade 2 Pan American Stakes March 27

Sadler’s Joy is shown here as a yearling at Woodslane Farm in The Plains. Photo by Nick Hahn.

Four years after earning the first graded-stakes victory of his long career in the same race, Woodslane Farm’s Grade 1 winner Sadler’s Joy returns looking to snap a nine-race losing streak in Saturday’s $200,000 Pan American (G2) presented by Rood and Riddle at Gulfstream Park.

The 60th running of the 1 ½-mile Pan American for 4-year-olds and up on turf… Continue reading

Important Updates For The Virginia-Certified Residency Program

IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR THE
VIRGINIA-CERTIFIED PROGRAM
The Virginia Thoroughbred Association (VTA) is announcing two very important changes to the Virginia-Certified Program effective 4/1/2021. These changes will affect all horses currently registered in the Virginia-Certified Program (horses registered prior to 4/1/2021) as well as those that are registered on or after 4/1/2021.

The entrance to 350 acre Byrd Hill Farm in Palmyra. There is plenty of room on site to accommodate more horses in the Virginia-Certified program.

Meet Virginia Horse Owner & Breeder Larry Johnson, Whose True Valour Will Compete In Dubai

What are the odds that two Virginia-based horse owners could see their charges square off against each other — in Dubai? The longshot proposition will indeed happen when Larry Johnson’s True Valour and David Ross’s Extravagant Kid compete in Saturday’s (March 27) $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Raceourse in Dubai. The six-furlong straight turf race will be contested at 9:30 AM (EDT), several hours before the featured $12 million Dubai World Cup takes center stage.

Much has been… Continue reading

Secretariat’s Virtual Birthday Celebration Scheduled For March 26, 27

SECRETARIAT Virtual BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – MARCH 26-27
Online Gathering to Honor Birth of 1973 Triple Crown Champion

For the second consecutive year the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at the Meadow will not take place due to the continued COVID challenges. However, we are delighted to announce a virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook will take place March 26-27 to continue our tradition of honoring the birth of a racing legend.

Co-hosts for the online festivities will be … Continue reading

Virginia-Bred Chess Chief Rallies to Grade 2 New Orleans Classic Win On March 20

The following appeared in bloodhorse.com March 21 and was written by Bob Ehalt. Virginia-bred Chess Chief earned his fourth career victory March 20 at Fair Grounds in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (Gr. 2) in nice come from behind fashion. The 5-year-old Into Mischief horse has now earned $632,084. He was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm.   

Online Betting Handle Up 42% In 2021 So Far; Major Derby Prep Races Are On Deck

A total horse racing handle of $9,450,356 was wagered by Virginians via four online wagering partner companies in the month of February, a sizeable boost over the $7,093,550 recorded for the same month a year ago. The upward trend of online activity has continued into the new year, after 2020 saw a 56.4% increase in business.

Each Rosie’s has an OTB area which features live simulcasting from up to 20 tracks on a daily basis.

TVG led the way in… Continue reading